Our Lady of Guadalupe celebrates miraculous appearance in Mexico

Pope Francis greets a group of Catholics from Chihuahua, Mexico, during his general audience in Paul VI hall at the Vatican Dec. 11, 2019. The group came to Rome to celebrate the Dec. 12 feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Parishes in the Diocese of Charleston and around the world will pay homage to the appearance of Mary in Mexico with the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, officially celebrated on Dec. 12.

The feast commemorates the appearance of Mary to Juan Diego, a young Aztec weaver, in 1531. The apparition took place on Tepayac Hill near Mexico City. Over the centuries, devotion has skyrocketed around the event and as a result, Our Lady of Guadalupe is now the patroness of both Mexico and the Americas.

Check out the Dec. 19 edition of The Miscellany for photos of the annual festivities, including processions, ceremonial dances, torchlight runs and the celebration of Mass.